The Hugo Award Winners 2012


For any sci-fi or fantasy fan, it isn’t the Oscars or the BAFTAs that hold the greatest importance but the Hugo Awards. It would be a tremendous honour for any writer or artist to receive one. So who were the lucky winners this year?

In the “Best Novel” category Jo Walton beat off past Hugo winners China Miéville and George R. R. Martin with her book “Among Others”. Miéville and Martin are both heavyweights in their respective genres, so to beat them to the award is an amazing achievement.

Among Others” is (judging by its Amazon page) a relative unknown. Of course that will most likely change in the coming months. It is a book that supposedly crosses the genres. Part drama, part fairy story, part celebration of science fiction.

Winner of the “Best Graphic Story” is the online comic “Digger” created by Ursula Vernon. It’s a comic about a wombat, a dead god and “A very peculiar epic”. The black and white art is very distinctive and the subject matter is very far removed from the usual online comics.

In the category for “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form” were some big names. “Hugo”, “Captain America: The First Avenger”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” and “Source Code” were all nominees. The winner, rather interestingly, wasn’t a movie but an entire series. “Game of Thrones (Season 1)” took the coveted prize. So George R. R. Martin had at least one thing to celebrate that evening.

Presumably the second series ended too late to be entered, as the voters would have to take the entire series into account. For anyone that’s seen it, the winner isn’t so surprising. The first season was an incredible achievement in fantasy drama.

Elsewhere in the awards, the brilliantly named “Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other Observations about Science Fiction Movies” by Daniel M. Kimmel lost out on “Best Related Work”. The award went to “The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition” edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls and Graham Sleight.

Doctor Who” dominated the “Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form” category with three whole episodes. Neil Gaiman and director Richard Clark took the prize for “The Doctor’s Wife.”

Unfortunately anyone watching the live stream of the event missed out on Neil Gaiman’s final words. The stream went down due to an automated copyright ban and Ustream were unable to restore the broadcast before the end of the evening.

To make up for the mistake Neil Gaiman tweeted to his fans “Copyright bots switched off the Hugo Award stream last night. So here is my SFX Award Acceptance Speech instead…” 


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